Bethel Library summer reading program

Once again it’s getting close to summer. School will be closing and that means the Bethel Library Summer Reading program will soon begin. “We encourage all pre-school, elementary, and middle school children to participate,” said Michelle Conroy, librarian at the Bethel Library. Children have the option of reading 20 books (younger children) or a minimum […]

CPS learns about sugar in drinks

The American Heart Association recommends that children ages 8 and under consume no more than 13 grams of added sugar each day, and children 8 to 17 consume no more than 20 to 30 grams per day. One bottle of Mountain Dew contains 77 grams of sugar, and other drinks like juice, iced tea, Gatorade, […]



CLEANUP DAY IN WOODSTOCK-The Woodstock Conservation Commission sponsored its first Clean-Up for the town Saturday. A total of 17 volunteers cleaned up 15 miles of roadway, collected 36 bags of garbage, several pieces of auto parts, one gas rusted gas tank, six tires, three bags for zero-source recycling, and five bags of returnable bottles. The Woodstock […]

Albany south walk offered

This Saturday, May 9, is the first of several walks that the Kezar Lake Watershed Association (KLWA) is offering around some of the proposed Albany South timber harvest units within our watershed. Albany South is a large “integrated resource management project” of the White Mountain National Forest that stretches from Great Brook in the northern […]

SAD 44 attorney on school taxation fairness

Following is the text of an explanation from SAD 44 Attorney Richard Spencer on tax assessment for school districts. It was originally presented at Monday’s SAD 44 School Board meeting, and has been revised since then to include a more specific focus on SAD 44, according to Supt. Dave Murphy. Spencer also testified April 15 […]

Legislative committee tables LD 1082 discussion

The Maine Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs tabled discussion Tuesday on LD 1082, a bill that, if passed, could impact SAD 44 more financially than the withdrawal of Newry would. The bill proposes to remove an exemption imposed 10 years ago on SAD 44 and SAD 6 that kept local school cost sharing […]

Blanco to give Gould Commencement address

Richard Blanco, best known for creating and reading his original work, One Day, at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony in 2013, will deliver the commencement address at Gould Academy’s 179th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Gould’s Alumni Field and is open to the public. Richard […]

Poet Rachel McKibbens at Gould

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Gould Academy will welcome award-winning poet Rachel McKibbens and Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to its Bingham Hall auditorium on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., for a free public reading by Ms. McKibbens. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed […]



Former Telstar High School baseball pitchers/teammates Danny Whitney (right) and Kyle Peterson of Bethel faced each other in an opposing game last week. “Kyle and Danny have played baseball together since the Petersons moved to Bethel, when they were around 8 or 9 years old, and they became best friends over the years as well,”said […]



Veteran Larry G. Smith of Bethel was presented his Eagle Head Cane on Friday, April 3 at the South Paris Veterans Home for disabilities sustained while on duty in the U.S. Army.  The cane was Made by Steven Hatch, a member of the Maine Wood Carvers & Western Mountain Wood Turners.